Alleviating poverty using small business training

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Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Alleviating poverty using small business training
Our 2022 Ndeipi! graduates with Mr and Mrs A
Our 2022 Ndeipi! graduates with Mr and Mrs A

2023 started well and we are in the process of recruiting participants for this year. We have sent out a total of 50 letters on our social media groups and via hand deliveries. Our participants will include guardians and parents from all Makomborero Zimbabwe programmes which are our Girl Mentorship Programme, Mobile Science Lab, University Grants Scheme and current Internal and External students. We expect a positive response and a recruitment of 20 participants. Our confirmed dates are as follows:

Term 1     Session 1 – 27th February Session 2 - 27th March
Term 2     Session 3 - 15th May Session 4 - 19th June
Term 3     Session 5 – 11th September Session 6 – 2nd October

Makomborero Zimbabwe will provide transport money and a light snack to all participants. Mr Nenga who leads the workshop is ready and looking forward to meeting the new participants. I am looking forward to updating you on how the workshop kicks off in the next report!

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Peanut Butter Success
Peanut Butter Success

Ndeipi! kicked off on Monday, 20th June 2022 and then took a break to commence in the 3rd term on Monday 19th September. We will have one more workshop before the participant graduate in December.

All the participants are doing extremely well and seeing the benefits of their hard work has been heartwarming. They all shared testimonies on how Ndeipi! has literally transformed their way of thinking. They all have a watchful eyes for new opportunities which they are taking advantage of and every one is looking for the final workshop on the 24th October.

Here is some feedback from a couple of the successful projects.

Tinashe Mugauri’s peanut butter project is doing very well. “The huge demand has been mind-blowing”, commented the ecstatic participant.

Our loyal Gweru participant who sews clothes bought a brand-new machine from the profits. She had been consistent in her attendance and would arrive in Harare in time for the workshop. She has not missed a workshop. Gweru is 277.5km from Harare at travel time is almost 4hours. That’s commitment from Netsai Gumbo!

Thank you to all for your support. Your contributions help to make this all possible.

Sewing Machine - brand new!
Sewing Machine - brand new!


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Ndeipi training session
Ndeipi training session

Ndeipi! Training Report – 1st, 2nd and 3rd sessions

Ndeipi! kicked off on Monday, 14th March 2022. It is always exciting to see new participants take part in this life changing empowering experience.  The group has 24 participants signed up with 7 of these being male.  We have had a good turnout in all the 3 sessions. From the $1 that each participant was given as capital, the participants have gone and started different projects.  The participants manage to come up with well thought and well researched projects.

In the first session, Chris Nenga taught the participants the importance of starting small and then growing from there.  To many, $1 cannot start a business but with Ndeipi! this has proved to work.   From $1, one participant testified that she managed to buy and sell 5 dozen eggs per day.  Another participant who is an elderly man who walks with the aid of a walking stick, has done some research in his community and will be selling chicken pieces.  He realised that in his community there aren’t nearby shops were people can buy meat and he will be filling that gap.  He has a freezer and with the $1 he got, he started by selling penny cools to get more capital to start his chicken business.  Another lady started with selling table spoons.  She started with a set of 6 which she bought with the $1 she got from Ndeipi!  Another very committed lady from Gweru who travels 278km to Harare, as started sewing baby pyjamas.  She had a sewing machine which was lying idle. With the capital she got from Ndeipi!, and the knowledge she received from the 1st session, she bought 1 metre fleece fabric to start her business.

Ndeipi! has taught participants that it is not about how much capital you have, but that you can start with as little as $1. Chris Nenga also taught the participants the importance of accountability, discipline and good budgeting for any business to succeed.

With the support from our donors, Makomborero Zimbabwe gave all participants a bag of 10 baby items to boost their business.  We cannot wait to hear how the selling of these clothes went in our next session.

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Ndeipi! Snacks
Ndeipi! Snacks
Ndeipi! Clothes
Ndeipi! Clothes
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Graduation Time
Graduation Time

It was exciting to witness Ndeipi! participants graduating and being issued with Certificates of Participation at the Makomborero Zimbabwe Annual Graduation Ceremony held on December 13, 2021.  This was an important day for the participants as it was a sign of achievement.  They felt ready to take up any challenges that they might face in their work.

As usual, we have heard inspiring testimonies from the new knowledge gained during the workshops.  Most participants were able to testify on how they were able to manage their finances well which helped their businesses grow. 

There was great diversity in the opportunities they used to grow their businesses. 

Two examples included: One participant who went from buying penny cools to resell, was able to sell to people in bulk.  She became the supplier to small businesses which meant greater profit margins for her.  The other participant started chicken rearing and to date has sold 200 chickens in her community.

Another heart-warming testimony was from a participant who after selling baby clothes donated to her and other participants, she realised that there was a huge demand in that business.  When her stock ran out, she went to a local market and started buying more baby clothes for resale.  The outcome has been amazing.

We look forward to yet another group of participants that start on March 14th 2022. 

We have started distributing registration letters for future participants to register for the workshop. 

We cannot wait to kick start the workshops for 2022! 

Thank you for the support you rpovide to make this possible.


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The Ndeipi session
The Ndeipi session

The Ndeipi! sessions resumed on Monday 13th September with eager participants wanting to learn more from the workshop after almost 4 months of lockdown. This had forced Makomborero to suspend all gatherings in compliance with Covid19 lockdown regulations.

We were so excited to hold the workshop at the UZ (University of Zimbabwe) Residence, with everyone observing Covid19 protocols with participants hand sanitising, social distancing and wearing face masks throughout the session.

As always, we heard inspiring testimonies from all participants, the major highlight being the selling of baby clothes. The clothes had been donated by a generous Makomborero supporter and were given as a capital injection into the participants' projects.

They were so thrilled at how fast the baby clothes sold out. One participant sold all her baby clothes in the combi on her way home! By the time she got home, all the baby clothes were gone. This is exciting because they can now inject more capital into their businesses. One participant has now raised $6 from the clothes pack.

Here’s a testimony from one of the participants.

“The Monday meeting was one of the memorable ones. Lessons were conducted by Pastor Chris, presentations for project proposals were done.

Later after lessons, we were blessed with packs of porridge in a plastic bag and very good second hand clothes for toddlers to resell. Honestly speaking, they are selling like hot cakes. I was so excited with these presents and I felt uplifted by the encouragement and support. Thanks to Makomborero family and the entire team. Stay blessed”.

Our last session will be on 1st November before all the participants graduate in December at the Makomborero Zimbabwe Annual Graduation.

We cannot wait to hear more inspiring testimonies.


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